With Raymarine aboard, FLIR aims to put battlefield-quality thermal-imaging cameras on more boats.
FLIR Systems' 2010 acquisition of Raymarine is the kind of combination that could broaden consumers' marine electronics vocabulary.
"Slew to cue" is a military term that is often lethal news if you happen to be the "cue." The cue is a target. Slewing is what makes guns or missiles aim at that target. One way to identify a target is by its heat signature and FLIR is a major supplier of night-vision cameras to the U.S. military that do just that.
The Coast Guard is authorized to require them from three miles out, but BoatU.S. has 'Big Brother' concerns
Buried deep within the Coast Guard 2011 authorization bill is a short paragraph enabling the agency to require emergency locator beacons on pleasure boats when they go offshore - a measure advocates say could save lives while also saving millions each year in search costs.
It doesn't come cheap, but the TerreStar Genus gives boaters something they've not had before in mobile communications - a cell phone and a satellite phone bundled into a single smart package just a tad bigger than a BlackBerry.
Neglecting the teak on your boat? It's not too late to restore the relationship
More than a cut above, teak is the best of the boatbuilding woods, and for good reason. It can be varnished to a lustrous finish, oiled or left to weather to a silver-gray. It is virtually impervious to waterborne pests, such as the teredo worm, and will last years with practically no maintenance.
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